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The Need

The Bedouin of the Negev is perhaps Israel's poorest population sector today. A society in transition with one of the world's highest birthrates, the Negev Bedouin faces extraordinary challenges on both individual and community levels. The statistics are dramatic and alarming:

  • More than 70% of Bedouin families receive some sort of assistance from the welfare authorities.

  • In many Bedouin villages, unemployment rates are close to 70%.

  • Less than two percent of the Bedouin hold advance degrees (BA or higher).

  • Only ten percent of high school graduates apply to post-secondary educational programs.

  • Forty-one percent of Bedouin applicants to colleges and universities are accepted, in contrast to 65% of their non-Bedouin counterparts.

  • Attrition rates of Bedouin college students are approximately three times higher than those of non-Bedouin students.

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The Bedouin community of the Negev is a society in transition. The transition from a nomadic and semi-nomadic society into a civic society requires a special care of professionals. In order to ease this transition, there is an increasing need for people from the Bedouin community who gained academic education and training in the area of the helping professions.

The world we live in is increasingly interdependent yet unequal. The Bedouin community is a vibrant and vital component of the Negev.  Children in the Bedouin sector are the victims of the pervasive inequalities present today. Yet, there is convincing evidence that culturally sensitive counseling and intervention programs can make a difference in educational advancement and the securing of viable employment opportunities amongst even the most disadvantaged.




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